Flying Club World with British Airways

This post is part of our week in Costa Rica.

This was our first ever experience of a business-class flight so we don’t have anything to compare it to other than the epic Casey Neistat airline reviews we can't help but watch. The flight was just under 11 hours each way between London Gatwick and San José (Costa Rica) and flying direct meant we didn’t have to burst our Club World bubble at any point.

The flight was covered by British Airways and the Costa Rica Tourism Board as part of our week long adventure in Costa Rica, more on that to come soon.

We made our way down to London Gatwick Airport on a Friday as we were working in London and stayed at BLOC hotel right inside the airport ready for our Saturday morning departure. Check-in for the flight was a breeze; we had our own dedicated lane for Club World travellers, we could have taken LOADS of luggage (32kg each!) but we just checked in our tiny carry-on cases so we didn’t have to lug them around the airport lounge and possibly the whole of Costa Rica. We both pretty much live in capsule wardrobes anyway…

As Club World passengers we had access to the BA lounge at Gatwick; the lounge was modern and spacious with loads of free food and drink and plenty of comfy seating. The breakfast spread was quite impressive with both hot and cold options, fresh juices, coffees, teas and a HUGE bar.

British Airways Club Lounge Gatwick
British Airways Club Lounge Gatwick
British Airways Club Lounge Gatwick

We boarded the plane first and took a very excited left turn to the front of the plane where our seats were. Before we’d even had a chance to take in the amount of personal space we had we were presented with a drink of our choice (India went for the Champagne) and a menu for the flight.

British Airways Club World

After a lifetime of economy airline travel the amount of leg room we had available to us felt incredible, it was more like a little living room than an airplane seat and we both had our own private space whilst still feeling as though we were travelling together. The combination of fast check-in, lounge access and reception drinks was enough to distract us from the fact that we were about to fly across the Atlantic in a small space for the best part of a day.

British Airways Club World

And then there’s the food… I don’t think that we’ve ever eaten so much in the sky. We were served two 3 course meals per flight plus we had access to a self-serve snack bar in between meals. The choices available included things like ‘seared fillet of beef with potato au gratin’ so a far-cry from other meals we’ve eaten on planes (and off probably!) this year. Being a veggie, India had pasta a few times but a hot meal at 38,000ft still blows our minds so she was happy to compensate with additional Champagne. ;-)

British Airways Club World Food
British Airways Club World Food

We couldn’t fly Club World without making the most of the fully flat bed, yes it’s not the comfiest bed in the world but it does the job and on the overnight flight back to London we both managed to get some sleep.

Our experience of Club World was pretty great - from start to finish we barely even noticed the actual travel bit and that made the whole situation an absolute pleasure.

British Airways Club World